The University of Toledo Medical Center is the only hospital in town offering an innovative non-invasive radiosurgery treatment option using the latest technology for patients battling cancer.
Dr. Krishna Reddy, a radiation oncologist at UTMC, will discuss this cutting-edge technology Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center.The free, public lecture is part of the Tie One On Awareness Lecture Series hosted by the Dana Cancer Center.
Reddy will discuss the Edge radiosurgery system, which can destroy tumors — smaller than half a centimeter — with high doses of focused radiation beams.
The new system, unveiled one year ago, is one of only five medical centers in the world to have the advanced technology.
Reddy said the high-dose radiation can target difficult-to-reach tumors, such as those in the brain, with better precision with radiation treatments that are 15 minutes, compared to one hour for other types of radiation therapy.
“The goal is to deliver a radiation dose that is high enough to kill the cancer while limiting exposure to surrounding healthy organs,” he said. “At the lecture, we will talk about situations where patients can benefit from this treatment.
“This is definitely something we take a lot of pride in offering at UTMC,” he said.
Unfortunately, patients don’t always receive information about these options because doctors are just learning about the high-tech possibility, he said.
“We are excited to spread the word to doctors and those people who could benefit from it,” Reddy said.
The Tie One On Cancer Awareness Lecture Series will continue this fall. Upcoming Thursday lectures will be:
• Sept. 17 — Dr. Samay Jain, UT assistant professor and chief of the Division of Urologic Oncology, will discuss prostate cancer.
• Oct. 15 — Dr. Iman Mohamed, UT professor and chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, will discuss lymphedema.
Each person who attends the lecture will be entered into a drawing for tickets to an upcoming sporting event or a gift certificate for spa services.
To reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.